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What Will History Say about David Cameron's Tenure As PM
A Government Worse Than Thatcher Ever Was?
What can we say about David Cameron's tenure as Prime Minister of the UK from when he was elected PM in 2010 and went into coalition with the Lib - Dems under Nick Clegg who became for a brief while Deputy Prime Minister. Then their election victory last year in 2015 which returned them to power although many people who voted Green or UKIP felt they were robbed because the First Past The Post system of voting here did not reflect their votes.
Well I think plainly this government has been a total disaster for the poor who have seen benefits and services cut left right and centre for example my local council Blackpool in the north west of England has over a period of time had £400 million cut from its budget. Hence many councils especially smaller Parish councils have had to put up Council Tax charges to order to meet the short fall in the money the government in Westminster will allow.
There is also discrepancy for some reason in how much a county like Surrey is allowed which is a county in the south and a county like Lancashire in the north is allowed. In other words counties in the south of England seem to get more money than those in the north and how can that be right?
It also seems to come down to who is in control of those counties but obviously the government will deny this but it seems if your a Labour Council and happen to be in the north you receive less money but if your Conservative and in the south you receive more.
Also Chancellor George Osborne who happens to be MP for Tatton in Cheshire a northern county talks about the northern powerhouse and how the HS2 rail line will bring prosperity to the north of England but will it happen. I think many in the north remain to be convinced and then is there is fracking something many people in the north west do not want yet the government seems to be finding ways around that.
If this government want to make cut backs and if it is needed than the overseas aid budget should be hacked back and the money put back into the country to subsidise areas like public services for people that need beefing up.
Iain Duncan Smith who once led the Conservative party has presided over the most vicious and wicked regime of cutting benefits ever I feel. The DWP or Department For Work and Pensions has the mantra of saying work pays well maybe it does in Mr Duncan - Smith's world of millionaires but to the ordinary person on benefits or low paid wages faced with higher bills or Council Tax work does not always pay. It seems like the Conservative party is gradually over time rolling back the welfare state and the government introduced tests to see how ill or disabled someone is applying for ESA the standard sick benefit and this system of interrogation which applicants have to go through has been criticised as not really helping those who are genuinely unable to work because of illness but just ticking boxes to get them to do work even if their not well enough.
Also many sick or disabled people who failed these tests are then forced to go on JSA and find work and if their not ready for work their benefits are sometimes stopped or suspended and this has led to a number of suicides something the UN is or was investigating as a possible crime against humanity
I think David Cameron and George Osborne who were educated in some of the most elite schools and universities in our country have been accused of not understanding ordinary peoples lives and if they tried they could not as this world is so alien to their own.
Cameron launched us into a hopeless war against Colonel Gaddafi because he said he was going to butcher those rebels who fought him and having removed Gaddafi Libya is now a failed state where Islamic groups including Islamic State and the central government battle to get control of Libya. Also migrants cross the Mediterranean from there looking for a new life in Europe something now many ordinary Europeans are getting fed up of especially the Greeks and Italians on whose shores these people land.
Cameron took us into bombing Islamic State in Syria as we are doing in Iraq thanks to a vote that went his way in parliament which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposed. Whether our intervention in Syria is helping I don't know along with other air forces bombing the hell out of Syria.
Cameron has been accused of not caring about ordinary citizens and it seems magically from no where he can produce huge sums of money like £50 million when we are supposed to be in austerity or so we are told. One example where he has produced this money is for people suffering mental health, I really hope and pray this money does do some good for those suffering the various kinds of mental health issues.
David Cameron has been running around trying to get European leaders to agree a deal for Britain to have a different relationship with the EU something he got Donald Tusk an EU man to agree to although apparently at No 10 Downing Street the discussion between the two men was very fraught. Today is crunch time for Cameron with this and many eastern European nations are not happy because in one of the proposals set forward by Cameron in the deal is that European migrants in the UK must be here four years until they can get either in or out work benefits. Britain has overall 800,000 Poles who have put down roots here as well as other eastern Europeans and statistics show over all very few sign on for benefits and most prefer to support themselves.
A referendum on whether the UK should be in or out of the European Union is pencilled in for June and it seems right now Cameron is batting for the side that wants us to stay in the Union but there are many in his party who would wish us to leave.
Then there is the burning issue of the UK taking in only 20,000 Syrians over the next five years and doing what it can for those at sea or in the camps and on this policy I agree with Cameron. We should not be pushed around by Merkel just because she has taken in 1 million Syrians and the Germans are now regretting taking in so many.
I think when historians look back at the Cameron government they will say it was a very unsettling and uncertain time for Britain. I am sure they will say certain aspects of what this Conservative government have done were worse then what Margaret Thatcher ever did.
Cameron is stepping down as PM before the next general election in 2020 and it seems right now Boris Johnson and George Osborne are the ones preening themselves like two Peacocks stepping forward to replace Cameron.